I'm new to all this. We recently purchased a 1964 Spyder convertible (red). It appears to be *mostly* original, although it has been repainted (not very carefully) and has a new top.
I'm looking forward to digging through the forums, and I'm sure I will have many questions going forward.
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Turbocharged Corvair Spyders were produced from 1962-1964. The engine displacement increased in 1964 with a new longer-stroke crankshaft. Displacement grew from 145 Cubic Inches to 164 CI, however the horsepower rating for the turbocharged engine remained at 150 hp since the turbocharger was unmodified. The suspension was also improved in all 1964 Corvairs, with a standard front stabilizer bar and a rear transverse leaf spring and new rear coil spring rates to improve handling. A new lightweight magnesium cast cooling fan and belt guides were introduced in 1964 to improve fan belt reliability and reduce the stresses on the fan belt that existed with the older steel fan designs used in 1960-1963.
In 1965-1969 a new body style that included a rear suspension redesign, larger drum brakes, and a charging system redesign using an alternator in place of the generator was introduced. The Spyder name was dropped, but the turbocharged option remained available in the Corvair Corsa in 1965-1966. Turbocharged engine horsepower increased in 1965 from 150 hp to 180 hp due to a turbocharger redesign that took advantage of the increased engine displacement that was introduced in 1964.
If you would like to read some technical details about the unique design of the turbocharged Corvair Spyder, click on the following link...
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The link below will provide you with a list of useful websites that are Corvair-related. Some of the links will lead you to an extensive technical library that will allow you to download shop manuals and other technical references in Adobe Reader format at no cost. There is also a link that will help you to locate nearby CORSA (Corvair Society of America) club chapters. You will also find a list of essential Corvair parts suppliers. Clark's Corvair Parts in Shelburne Falls, MA is the biggest and oldest Corvair supplier in the world. You will find a link that can provide you with a series of videos that amount to a tour of the Clark's Corvair Parts facilities. Parts suppliers such as this truly make our Corvair hobby possible.
Common and Useful Corvair Websites
There are three CORSA (Corvair Society of America) club chapters in your state. Hopefully at least one will be near you, and I would like to encourage you to check them out and consider visiting/joining one of them. Socializing with local like-minded Corvair enthusiasts can greatly add to your enjoyment of your Corvair. The technical assistance, advice and support you will find from contacting local owners and from members of the Corvair Forum on the Internet will help you a lot with Corvair ownership.
Milwaukee Corvair Club Kenosha, WI
http://www.milwaukeecorvairclub.org eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you live in Southeastern Wisconsin or Northern Illinois and own a Corvair or have an interest in these unique rear engine Chevys from the 60's? Maybe you need to get your Corvair repaired but need help from people who know Corvairs and can lend a hand? Looking to buy or sell a Corvair? We can help. Call or drop one of us a line via e-mail. We'll contact you as soon as possible (we all have day jobs, you know...), and try to steer you in the right direction with good advice, parts leads, etc. We may not solve every problem, but we'll give it a try!
Capital City Corvair Club Madison, WI
http://www.capitalcitycorvairs.com eMail: email@example.com
The above website appears to be inactive and unreachable. I did find the info below via a Google search, but it is unverified.
Name: Tim Wendt
Address: 715 Declark Street
City: Beaver Dam State: WI Zip: 53916-1117
Night Phone: 920-887-7419
North East Wisconsin Corvair Kaukauna, WI
http://www.newcc.weebly.com eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Founded in 1980 North East Wisconsin Corvair Club, Inc. invites you to meet other proud '60-'69 Corvair Owners. NEWCC has approximately 60 members
I would like to encourage you to expand on your first post and tell us more about yourself, as well as about your 1964 Spyder. Some detailed photographs of the car — including the VIN tag (driver's side door jamb) and Body Tag in the engine compartment — can be very helpful. If you can provide your personal assessment of your mechanical skills and abilities, that would help a lot. Members of the Corvair Forum love to be helpful in assisting other Corvair owners with technical support and advice, but it helps a lot if we have some understanding of your technical background and mechanical abilities, your Corvair-related knowledge, etc. Helping us to know more about you will help us to write comments to you that are tailored to your needs and experience.
Lake Chatuge, North Carolina
1966 Corvair Corsa Convertible